Kate Winslet has ruled out boycotting The Oscars over the nominations race row because it would mean missing “closest friend” Leonardo DiCaprio potentially winning his first Academy Award.
The actress’ comments come following a huge backlash over the dominance of white actors on this year’s nominations list, with not a single black, Asian or Hispanic performer put forward for a Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress Academy Award.
Despite the likes of Will Smith, his wife Jada and director Spike Lee all vowing to avoid the ceremony, Winslet revealed she won’t be joining them in protest.
Speaking at the London launch of her new film, Triple 9, Winslet admitted: “To be honest with you it has been such an extraordinary year for women I’d feel like I was letting my side down if I didn’t go.
“And also I feel very strongly that it may possibly be Leo’s year, and he is my closest friend in the world and I just couldn’t imagine not being there to support him. And I think those are reasons enough really to show my face.”
Winslet herself is nominated for the Best Supporting Actress accolade for her role as Joanna Hoffman in Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs.
DiCaprio has previously been nominated for six Academy Awards, with the actor hoping that his role of Hugh Glass in The Revenant will finally end his dry spell.
Hosted by Chris Rock, The Oscars will take place in LA on February 28.